George Dekle Busbee (1927 - 2004)

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Birthplace: Vienna, Dooly, Georgia, United States
Death: Died in Savannah, Georgia, United States
Occupation: Politician and attorney. Governor of Georgia 1972 - 1980.
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About George Dekle Busbee

George Dekle Busbee (August 7, 1927–July 16, 2004) was an American politician who served as the governor of the U.S. state of Georgia from 1975 to 1983.

Busbee was born in Vienna, Georgia and attended Georgia Military College and Abraham Baldwin College before joining the navy. After his discharge, he completed his education at the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society, earning a bachelor's degree in 1949 and a law degree in 1952.

He served nine terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, and was floor leader for Governor Carl Sanders. Busbee won the Democratic nomination for governor in 1974—Jimmy Carter's final year in that office—over Lieutenant Governor Lester Maddox. In 1976, voters approved a wholesale revision of the Georgia Constitution, which included a provision that allowed him to become the state's first governor to serve two consecutive four-year terms. After his service as Governor, Busbee joined the Atlanta law firm King & Spalding and moved to the Atlanta suburb of Duluth.

Busbee died of a heart attack at the Savannah International Airport in Savannah, Georgia. Busbee Parkway in the Town Center Mall area of Cobb County, Georgia is named in his honor.

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George Dekle Busbee (August 7, 1927 – July 16, 2004) was an American politician who served as the 77th Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia from 1975 to 1983.


Busbee was born in Vienna, Georgia, and attended Georgia Military College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College before joining the Navy. After his discharge, he completed his education at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the Phi Kappa Literary Society, having procured a bachelor's degree in 1949 and a law degree in 1952.


Establishing a law practice in Albany, Busbee served nine terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and was floor leader for Governor Carl Sanders. In 1967, Busbee was one of thirty Democrats in the legislature who voted for the Republican Howard Callaway in the disputed 1966 gubernatorial race, rather than the Democratic nominee Lester Maddox, a segregationist from Atlanta. The legislature, acting under the 1824 Georgia Constitution, upheld by the United States Supreme Court, chose Maddox 182 to 66.


In 1974, Busbee won the Democratic nomination for governor in Jimmy Carter's final year in that office. In the party runoff, he defeated, 551,106 (59.9 percent) to 369,608 (40.1 percent), former governor and sitting Lieutenant Governor Lester Maddox, the man whom Busbee had voted against in the legislative election for governor some seven years earlier. In the fall of 1974, Busbee handily defeated Ronnie Thompson, the first Republican to have served as mayor of Macon. In 1976, voters approved a wholesale revision of the Georgia Constitution, which included a provision that allowed Busbee to become the state's first governor to serve two consecutive four-year terms. He won election to his second term in 1978 with an easy victory over Republican Rodney Cook of Atlanta.


After his service as Governor, Busbee joined the Atlanta law firm King & Spalding and moved to the Atlanta suburb of Duluth.


Busbee died of a heart attack at the Savannah International Airport in Savannah. George Busbee Parkway and Busbee Drive in the Town Center Mall area of Cobb County are named in his honor.

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George Busbee, Governor's Timeline

1927
August 7, 1927
Vienna, Dooly, Georgia, United States
2004
July 16, 2004
Age 76
Savannah, Georgia, United States
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Norcross, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States